Hospitals in Metro Manila are starting to fill up to levels not seen since the peak of the COVID outbreak in 2020 in what one mayor described as "deja vu."
St. Lukes Medical Center in Global City is at full capacity for COVID patients, with 33 waiting in the emergency room for admission. Intensive care units at the Philippine General Hospital and the Quezon City General Hospital are also full, officials said in separate interviews on Teleradyo.
"It seems like dejavu all over again," said Mayor Abigail Binay of Makati, where there are 842 active cases.
"Parang, where have been in one year? How come we're starting from zero all over again," Binay told ANC.
New virus variants that spread faster requires the public to resume strict compliance with health protocols: wearing of face masks and face shields, hand washing and physical distancing, she said.
"If you don't have to go out, don't go out," she said.